Mahony, Francis Sylvester

Mahony, Francis Sylvester prout [key], 1804–66, Irish humorist. He was dismissed from the Jesuit order in 1830 for a minor offense. In 1832 he became a parish priest but lived most of his life as a man of letters. His witty essays and poems—all purported to be the work of a priest named Father Prout—contributed to Fraser's Magazine and other periodicals, were collected as The Reliques of Father Prout (1836) and The Final Reliques of Father Prout (1875). His best-known work is the poem “The Bells of Shandon.”

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